CD Jazz Playground [Digipak] (CD 6285516),
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Jazz Playground [Digipak]

  • 1. Stomp, Stomp - Lewis Franco & the Missing Cats
    2. Spider-Man - Chris McKhool
    3. Cumbamba - Jose Conde (previously unreleased)
    4. Sur le Pont d'Avignon - Triocephale
    5. Little Lamb Jam - Oran Etkin/Charene Wade
    6. Gazooba - Kinderjazz
    7. Sing a Song of Sixpence - Barbara Morrison
    8. Zuignapje - Trapperdetrap
    9. Shortnin' Bread - Selloane/Famoro Dioubat (previously unreleased)
    10. Agree & Disagree - The Mighty Buzzniks
    11. Dois Meninos - Gui Tavares (previously unreleased)
    12. Oyatsu No Jikan - Modern Conya
    13. This Little Light of Mine - Ingrid Lucia
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 944872

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Kaitlin Ketchum.
    Illustrator: Nicola Heindl.
    Photographers: Dexter Brown; Dusan Reljin; Helen White; Dwight Marshall; Shinichiro Goto; Tony Maddock; Peter Nieslen; Irina Sarnetskaya; Hector Caldas; Eric Polman; Ed Satterwhite; Darren Levant; Christopher Duggan; Rachel Dean.
    Putumayo Kids has built a strong reputation for providing dance and ethnic musics that may be directed at kids, but are respectable enough and listenable enough to please parents at the same time. With Jazz Playground, they take a stab at going the other direction in essence -- finding music from a mature genre that can still appeal to kids. The result is a mixed bag, unfortunately -- the vocals almost universally cater to the young ones, full of overwrought enunciation and adding affectation to every bit of lyric. This is more straightforward kids music, hamming it up for a reaction regardless of the kind of reaction. The music, however, gives a different picture. There's a tendency in kid-directed jazz toward simpler rhythms and basic rocking motives. Gypsy jazz becomes the vehicle for this a surprising amount of the time, with a touch of swing band occasionally thrown in. The musicians here are all entirely capable, producing a nice backdrop. It's when they diverge that it really gets interesting. Famoro Dioubat provides a strong marimba behind "Shortnin' Bread." The band behind Barbara Morrison provides Wes Montgomery-style guitar and Bill Evans-style piano. It's a nice album, still in the vein of the other Putumayo Playground releases and their parent-friendly music, but may lack some of the massive pep and pop that other releases have carried for the kids. ~ Adam Greenberg

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Most of the music here is unobtrusively pleasant for listeners of all ages."
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